Several years after launching a desktop web browser aimed at power users, the folks at Vivaldi are releasing their first mobile version.

The first public beta of Vivaldi for Android is now available from the Google Play Store.

While the browser is based on Google’s Chromium, it adds a bunch of features and customization options and uses end-to-end encryption if you choose to sync your data… without sending anything to Google’s servers.

Here are a few things that make Vivaldi different from other mobile browsers:

  • The built-in Notes feature lets you create checklists, agendas, or other notes without exiting the browser.
  • Speed Dial customization lets you set up a different set of new tab bookmarks for different tasks (such as news, work, travel, etc).
  • Advanced tab management features including a Clone Tab option.
  • You can switch search engines on the fly by using nicknames in the address bar (like g for Google or d for DuckDuckGo).
  • Vivaldi lets you capture screenshots by saving either just the visible area or the full web page.

Other features, (which aren’t exactly unique) include a Reader View which offers stripped-down views of websites, and private browsing mode, which doesn’t save any data once a private tab is closed.

But for now the best reason to try Vivaldi for your phone is probably that you’re already using the desktop version and you’d like to be able to sync your data… although I suppose if the mobile browser becomes popular enough, it could have the reverse effect and convince folks to try out Vivaldi for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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  1. Not seeing extension support in the feature list, so I’m probably not going to install this for now. Disappointing.

  2. Does Vivaldi support Linux desktop distros? If so, does it support hardware accelerated video decoding? I use Firefox on Linux (OpenSUSE Tumbleweed if it matters) and it only does software based video decoding.

    I haven’t tried Chrome but I’d rather not use it.

    1. Vivaldi is available for Linux desktop, however, it does not do hardware-accelerated video decoding.